This month we’re whisking you off to a new hotel on a barge in London and a 17-seater bike on the Isle of Wight. We’ve also got a few firsts lined up, with Cornwall’s first plough-to-bottle distillery and the world’s first augmented reality zipline. And if you don’t have time to get that holiday feeling by actually going on holiday, simply set aside half an hour or so for Bompas & Parr’s latest venture…
See below for more information, plus a round-up of more exciting news just in from around the country.
New boutique hotel and venue opens on a barge, London
The Boathouse London, a new boutique hotel and event space on an industrial-style barge moored in Floating Pocket Park, Paddington, is available for bookings from August. Launching in partnership with designer interiors brand MADE.COM and decked out in contemporary Scandi-style décor, it’s available as a one-bedroom hotel or as a unique venue for events such as product launches, yoga brunches and supper clubs. Hotel guests will be greeted by a complimentary Daylesford hamper, given use of two bikes and a rowing boat, and offered bespoke on-board experiences, such as yoga sessions. As an events venue, The Boathouse London works with leading brands including Deliciously Ella to cater for up to 20 people indoors; a further 15 may be seated on the rooftop, or up to 12 guests may be seated inside for a cruise of London’s waterways. From £250 per night mid-week.
Bompas & Parr launch London’s first ‘wellbeing playground’
Multi-sensory design experts Bompas & Parr are bringing a free pop-up outdoor urban spa to London. Paradise Now promises to give visitors “the blissed out feeling of a full holiday in under an hour”. The space will use the latest wellness trends, such as bio-hacking, rehydration therapy, urban nature bathing and colour therapy, to supercharge visitors. Expect spectacles such as a pink mist waterfall, a meditation zone with scented pink pebbles, and the live streaming of sunsets from around the world. The wellbeing playground will be at Ecclestone Yards, Belgravia.
Hotel du Vin’s new ‘gin suites’, various locations
25 June – 30 September
Hotel du Vin has partnered with Slingsby Gin to create five ‘Ginspiration Suites’. Chelsea Flower Show gardener and designer Matthew Wilson has created the multi-sensory suites using the 24 botanicals in Slingsby gin as his inspiration – think floor-to-ceiling plants, vintage suitcases filled with herbs, a grapefruit tree and a bar equipped with full-size bottles of Slingsby gin. The suites are available this summer only at Hotel du Vin Birmingham, Brighton, Harrogate, Wimbledon and York.
Tours of Cornwall’s first plough-to-bottle gin and vodka distillery
Cornwall’s first plough-to-bottle distillery has opened for tours. Unlike most craft distilleries, Colwith Farm Distillery uses potatoes grown on the family farm, bringing the whole process under one roof. It’s one of only a handful of UK distilleries to do so (most distilleries buy in the base spirit). Tours of the distillery start with a telling of the family’s and farm’s history and cover everything from preparing the mash to bottling. The tour ends with a tasting at the upcycled tasting bar – there’s gin and vodka, but don’t forget to ask about their whisky project too.
World’s first BoRo Beach Bike, Isle of Wight
The world’s first BoRo Beach Bike has launched in Ryde. It’s a 17-seater bike experience modelled on a quintessentially English beach hut, with surfboards and striped décor. There’s space for 10 pedallers, five non-pedallers, and two children in seats next to the driver. Riders sit face-to-face across a table and travel sideways as they pedal along the seafront. On-board activities include chess, afternoon tea, speed-dating and networking, and there are regular themed rides, such as the Sunrise Ride (first Monday of the month), an Afternoon Tea Ride (27 August), and What the Dickens?!, an interactive ride through Charles Dicken’s world led by a costumed actor (12, 23 August, 2 September). A second bike is set to roll into Cowes in the autumn. The Ryde bike is based at Wightlink’s FastCat terminal at Ryde Pier Head. Return tickets from £5; private hire also available.
UK’s largest ebike sharing scheme, Derby
The largest electric bikeshare scheme in the UK has been launched in Derby, providing a faster, easier and more effortless way to get around the city. Customers sign up via the Social Bicycles app or the eBikes Derby website to gain access to 200 state-of-the-art electric assist bikes spread across 30 docking stations in Derby. The scheme is handled by HourBike, the UK’s longest established bikeshare operator, and the technology behind the ebikes is currently only in use in New York and San Francisco. The ebikes cost 3p per minute to ride, with a minimum charge of £1 and a maximum daily charge of £12. The ebikes may be left at other secure bike stations for an extra £2.
New luxury cottages at the Cary Arms & Spa, Devon
Cary Arms & Spa has opened two luxurious new cottages with coastal views and private gardens and terraces. Originally old fisherman’s cottages, the cottages are a short walk or drive in the Inn’s shuttle from the boutique Cary Arms hotel on the edge of Babbacombe Bay. Cove Cottage has a luxury master king bedroom with balcony, another king and a twin (all with exceptional sea views) and a large open fire in the stylish drawing room (from £525 per night). Bay Cottage sleeps four in one master king and one twin room – both rooms have sea views (from £425 per night). Guests at the cottages have access to private areas of the Cary Arms, including the residents’ sunbathing terrace, saloon and private dining terrace and pod.
World’s first augmented reality zipline, London
19 July – 9 September
Zip Now London and Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) have teamed up to create the world’s first augmented reality zipline. Thanks to the latest 360° video and augmented reality technologies, adventurers can ride Zip Now, London’s longest and fastest urban zipline, as they take in views from the longest zipline in the world, the Guinness World Record Jebel Jais Flight zipline in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Thrillseekers get two rides on the zip wire – one to enjoy the London scenery and the other with a VR headset that transports them to the 2.83km Jebel Jais Flight. The package costs £49.
Lanserhof to open at The Arts Club, London
A new Lanserhof medical gym will give The Arts Club members access to some of the world’s top medical experts and cutting-edge treatments. A favourite of rock stars and CEOs, Lanserhof’s concept combines holistic medicine with regeneration and prevention. Located opposite the club, facilities at Lanserhof at The Arts Club will include consulting and treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art ultra-contemporary gym, and cryotherapy chambers that will briefly expose users to temperatures as low at -90°C. The new medical gym will be headed up by general manager Sheila McCann, who is also general manager of Grayshott Health Spa in Surrey, which Lanserhof acquired last year and plans to fully refurbish.
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